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Charlotte Black Dogs

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: To help ALL dogs find loving, forever homes. We do bring awareness to Black Dog Syndrome: Black Dog Syndrome? Is a sad and surprising statistic: black dogs in shelter and rescue situations often take significantly longer to be adopted than their lighter-coated counterparts. Black dogs are frequently the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized. Visitors looking for pets tend to prefer animals with white, cream, brown or specked coats. ◾Black dogs are difficult to see in their crates and cages at shelters. ◾Black dogs don’t photograph as well as those with lighter coats, so pictures for online listings aren’t as eye-catching. ◾Many breeds of dark-coated dogs are often labeled as “dangerous” such as Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Pit Bulls, Chows, and even black Labradors ◾People are less comfortable around black dogs because their expressions are harder to read. ◾Black dogs are often portrayed as aggressive and dangerous in popular culture and media. ◾The color black has associated with evil and misfortune since the beginning of recorded history — these sorts of superstitions easily become ingrained in our collective subconscious. This inequality isn’t limited to dogs; cat adoptions often turn out similar statistics. But there are plenty of other, simple ways to help make black dogs more appealing to potential adopters. By working together at the local level we can find a home for every dog and cat, regardless of their breed, size, or the color of their coat.

Results: Thousands of dogs have found loving homes through our efforts since 2013. Jill Rappaport did a story on our Black Dog Walk w/ Emmylou Harris. It was featured in a segment about "Black Dog Syndrome" on the NBC Nightly World News w/ Lester Holt. http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/54050545 Also on NBC Weekend Edition Today! http://www.today.com/video/today/54812988#54812988

Target demographics: Charlotte Black Dogs is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each year, we help hundreds of dogs find forever homes through our events.

Geographic areas served: Charlotte, North Carolina

Programs: Every April, we host the yearly FREE Family Event called "Paws in the Park". It is one of the LARGEST Dog Events in the Charlotte area.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am working with Charlotte Black Dogs for a senior capstone project and they are fantastic! Donna, the executive director, is so kind, easy to communicate with, and has a passion for everything she does for this organization. Charlotte Black Dogs is successful in raising awareness for Black Dog Syndrome and is successful making a difference for these great animals!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Donna's dedication to helping dogs in need is so admirable!! Her efforts to find homes, donations of food, dog beds, collars & leashes, etc. is a non-stop mission that she is on, and is truly a gift to the dogs in need that she helps! She also helps no-kill shelters that have no funds to secure food and provide needed items to them. The animal world is so lucky to have Donna on their side!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with them multiple times and I have loved every second!

1 Megan M.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Charlotte Black Dogs is a wonderful nonprofit. Not only are they comprised of compassionate and caring individuals, but they really help to bring awareness to the Big Black Dog syndrome that plagues so many shelters and rescues and that not many people are even aware of. I hope this nonprofit continues their mission for years to come!

1 Ruth A.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great non profit wanting to helps dogs, community oriented and people centered. Can’t go wrong supporting an organization like Charlotte black dogs!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am all about 4-leggers, In my opinion they are better than people. When I meet others that share my passion, they have my undivided attention. I was unaware of the difficulty that existed finding furever homes for black dogs. WOW! Did I get an education from the folks at CHARLOTTE BLACK DOGS. They go out of their way to care for and about these beauties that are passed over for no reason other that their gorgeous ravin hair. I am owned by a handsome black dog and he is my heart. I wholeheartedly recommend CHARLOTTE BLACK DOGS. They are a blessing to the community and I am proud to donate my time to them whenever possible.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Charlotte Black Dogs is a great nonprofit with wonderful intentions. They are community oriented and always willing to help other shelters and nonprofits succeed as well. They come up with creative and fun ideas to raise awareness and are a true representation of what non profits represent! ❤️

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charlotte Black Dogs is life saving for our community. They are extremely engaged within our community providing education against the Black Dog Syndrome. Without this non profit, a higher number of canines would end up/remain in the shelters unadopted.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Visited Animal Control in Charlotte NC. Everyone seemed to just glide by the cages with an all black dog or puppy. Please come to Charlotte NC. It would be a life changer Pit bulls and black dogs were the first to be euthanized and that's such a sad reality. Be a hero, adopt a black dog! For me, black dogs are literally superior and that's on period.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Met them at a retailer customer’s event we were attending. I have always loved adopting black pets, and live their focus. They were very approachable and wanted to connect at another event. I was happy to connect with them.

1 Emily Megan N.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of my favorite organizations! Focusing on less adoptable pups. Thank-you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kudos to a wonderful non-profit and one of the very few or the only non-profit focusing on black dog syndrome. Any organization that saves and rescues dogs should be commended for their efforts and Charlotte Black Dogs is one them. An outstanding cast of volunteers making a difference not only in their community but also for the hundreds of black dogs that are saved every year because of the leadership of this compassionate non-profit. Well done!

1 TazzCole

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have had the honor of working with this great organization for several years now. They step up and do a lot for our community as well as work hand in hand with many of the rescue groups in our area. If you have the opportunity to go to one of their events please do. You'll have a lot of fun and learn a lot in the process.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great 501c3 to work with. Not only do they bring awareness to Black Dog Syndrome, they put on a faboulous event, Paws in the Park helping lots of dogs find homes.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Charlotte Black Dogs is a great organization that brings focus to something I never thought about. I've had a black dog before and loved him immensely. It surprised me that others do not like to adopt black dogs for various reasons. I do not understand this, but really appreciate an organization that helps to educate everyone that all dogs are created equal and should be loved the same!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so happy to learn about this organization and the great work they do bringing awareness to the too often overlooked - but amazing! - black dogs in rescue through education and community events. They do a wonderful job of bringing together people, rescues and other organizations for the greater good and I look forward to attending many future events!

1 Chrissy M.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve worked with many non profit organizations, but this one is passionate and personable. Talking to Donna you could tell she loves all pets! They get so involved with the community to spread their knowledge! I’m excited for their next event.

1 Victoria S.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Donna and Dave do amazing things in Charlotte community by spreading awareness about the misconceptions surrounding adopting black dogs. They work tirelessly by educating the public and are always the first to help our business, Pet in the City when we host events. Wonderful organization ♥️

1 Michalle C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've worked with this non profit since their very 1st event and will continue to support them in anyway possible. Donna and her husband have worked extremely hard in the community to educate others about the importance of spaying and neutering and also BDS which is very dear to my heart. Nothing but love for the dear rescuer's!

1 dapeters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Charlotte Black Dogs (formerly known as Black Dog Appreciation Day & Black Dog Walk) enjoys doing the yearly FREE Family Event called "Paws in the Park".
"Paws in the Park" is one of the LARGEST Dog events in the Charlotte area and it brings the community together with FREE entertainment, business / arts & crafts vendors, food trucks, demonstrations, dog contests and over 20 Rescues & Shelters with dogs available for adoption.
On average, 300 dogs get adopted yearly through "Paws in the Park".
(Charlotteblackdogs.com)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m extremely proud to be associated with Charlotte Black Dogs in a volunteer capacity. Since my first event with them about four years ago, I’ve seen them grow by leaps and bounds each and every year. It just gets BIGGER and BETTER every year! This is one of the, if not THE, most organized events you would ever want to participate in or attend. They are passionate, dedicated, and practice what they preach by having adopted numerous homeless dogs over the years. I hope to see YOU at the next event!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great organization that helps black dogs find homes.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such great work for a cause that doesnt get enough attention!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization to help animals. Family fun event. I enjoy going every year.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an owner of a small rescue Charlotte Black Dogs has been instrumental in bringing the rescue community together as one voice to assist and support awareness, education and finding furever families for dogs who have been saved from kill shelters, abandonment and abuse.
Donna and her organization have become partners and friend and could not speak more highly of her group. Love them!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Charlotte Black Dogs is a wonderful organization that does a great job of bringing awareness to the challenges black dogs face getting adopted. Their Paws in the Park event every Spring is a fun filled family event that enables rescue groups from across the area to bring their black dogs to meet prospective adopters. This is the only event in the area that brings awareness to black dog syndrome.

1 Jana C.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization bringing awareness to black dog syndrome. They put on a great event each year called Paws in the Park. We love it!

1 Buddy J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Charlotte Black Dogs does a great job of bringing awareness to the circumstances surrounding the rescue and adoption of black dogs. Their events are professionally organized and managed. They are a team player when it comes to working with other charities, rescues, and vendors. I always look forward to working with them as a volunteer for another rescue group.

1 ClaudiaB

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a vendor at Paws in the Park for the last four years.
The event is very well organized and a lot of fun to attend.
I am looking forward to participating again next year.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about this group this past spring and decided to become a vendor and help support their wonderful work that they do for our fur babies. They place a lot of time and effort into ensuring the animals are taken care of as well as help others find the perfect fur baby for their home.

1 Fred L.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There are very few groups that I've met that are as dedicated to the life and well being of abandoned dogs as Charlotte Black Dogs. They work hard every day to care for and home dogs most likely to be overlooked. I was involved with their dog event a few years back and it was great to see such support and dedication as this group. If you could spend 5 minutes looking into them, I think you'll agree. Please give a few minutes to support them. I was honored to be involved.

2 Rhiannon Gaubatz M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has such a wonderful mission and we love being part of their annual event.

2 Nancy B.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Charlotte Black Dogs is the best. This organization has brought so much awareness to black dogs and what great pets they are. Black dogs often are overlooked in the adoption process because they have the stigma as not always being the cutest or the most friendly.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great group who really informed the public about the hardest adopted group, Black Dogs! I’ve had 4 at a time and all sorts of breeds. They do a wonderful event every spring.